Men's Tennis

Ryler DeHeart
Ryler DeHeart

Graduate Student

Tampa, Fla.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 175



Senior 2005-06
Opened the season ranked No.1 in the ITA Preseason Rankings, the first Illini to achieve the feat...Went 7-0 to kickoff the season, including wins over six ranked opponents...The run came en route to an appearance in the ITA All-American semifinals... Beat Jonathan Stokke of Duke in three sets to capture the singles consolation title of the ITA National Indoor Championship...After his loss in the opening round of the championships, served up 15 straight victories to conclude the fall and open the spring seasons...Drew the No. 1 spot responsibilities in singles for the Illini, going 17-4 overall and 9-1 in league action...Carded a 39-8 ledger on the season in singles action... Finished the season ranked No. 9 in the final ITA rankings...Ranked No. 14 with Pramod Dabir in the ITA Preseason Doubles Rankings...Recorded a 27-7 doubles mark on the season, teaming primarily with Dabir to go 13-2 overall and 7-0 in Big Ten action...Went 20-7 overall against ranked opponents, including a 31-0 ledger when taking the first set...Tabbed a 2006 All-American...Received the John Van Nostrand Memorial Award...Named the Fansworth Senior Player of the Year...Grabbed Big Ten Athlete of the Year honors...Was a unanimous All-Big Ten selection...Also selected as a Academic All-Big Ten honoree...Tabbed Big Ten Player of the Week twice, the first coming on Jan. 18 followed by his second nomination on April 19...Voted as the team MVP, and received the Strength and Conditioning Award...Finished his career as the all-time winningest singles player in Illinois history with a 138-36 record...Finished second all-time in combined wins with a 241-74 ledger.

Junior 2004-05
Won prestigious ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Singles Championship...Became only the second unseeded player in the last 10 years of the 26-year history of the ITA National Indoor Championships to win the singles title...Captured the ITA Midwest Regional Championships singles title...Teamed with GD Jones to take the ITA Midwest Doubles Regional Championship...Went 18-1 during the fall, which is best start under Head Coach Craig Tiley...16-3 record in three set matches...Awarded main draw berth at USTA Challenger in Champaign, Ill...Earned All-America honors by being seeded (seventh) in the NCAA singles tournament...Big Ten Player of the Year...Named to the 22nd ITA Collegiate All-Star Team...Ranked as high as No. 1 in the ITA rankings...Became the winningest player in Illinois history for a single season (42-10), surpassing the previous mark (40) in the NCAA Singles Tournament (first round)...Collected three victories over top-10 opponents...Captured the ITA Midwest Regional Championships singles title...Ranked in the top-eight all spring...17-6 against ranked opponents overall on the season...12-1 in singles and 8-0 at the No. 1 position against Big Ten competition.

Sophomore 2003-04
Selected as an All-Big Ten selection...Named Big Ten Player of the Week twice (Feb. 13 and March 11)...Finished the season with a 29-11...Ranked as high as No. 44...Top victory came against No. 8 Hamid Mirzadeh of Florida...Carried a 12-match win streak to start the dual-match season...Played at the No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 spots throughout the season...Teamed with GD Jones to start out 16-0 in doubles this past spring...The duo was ranked as high No. 54 in doubles...Voted the team's Most Improved Player in 2004...named Academic All-Big Ten.

Freshman 2002-03
Began his collegiate career with a flourish, winning his 10 of his first 11 singles matches, including two over Top-100 players...Earned honors as the Most Outstanding Player at the season-opening Napa Valley Invitational in September...Ranked as high as No. 60 in singles...Reached the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Singles Tournament...Went undefeated in Big Ten singles play...Split his two singles matches in NCAA Tournament competition...Started in the No. 6 singles position at the beginning of the dual-match.

Juniors/High School
Ranked No. 4 nationally in Boys 18-and-under...Florida State champion and Player of the Year in 2002...Ranked among the top five Floridian tennis player in his age group since he was 12...Took third place at the National Claycourts in Louisville and placed fifth at the National Hardcourt Championships at Kalamazoo in 2002...Won Sportsmanship Award at the 2002 National Hardcourts and received the Bill Talbert Sportsmanship Award at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I...Went undefeated as a senior in high school...State singles champion his sophomore and senior seasons...Runner-up as a freshman and as a junior...Selected Florida High School Player of the Year...Honor student in high school.

Son of to Bill and Debbie DeHeart...born in Kauai, Hawaii...Chose Illinois over Harvard, Princeton and Brown...Favorite athlete is Pete Sampras...Past summer jobs have included teaching tennis at a summer camps...Enjoys listening to music and watching movies.

DeHeart's Career Stats


Season Overall Big Ten 2002-03 28-7 7-0 2003-04 29-11 10-1 2004-05 42-10 12-1 2005-06 39-8 9-1 Totals 138-36 38-3

Doubles: Season Overall Big Ten 2002-03 17-7 1-1 2003-04 31-6 13-0 2004-05 28-18 8-4 2005-06 27-7 7-2 Totals 103-38 29-7